A Note to Young Writers

“The pen is mightier than the sword”

~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1839


Bulwer-Lytton could never have imagined the power his words would hold nearly two hundred years after he wrote them. We’ve seen advancements in destructive capabilities that can only compare with the ancient myths of the gods. Our technologies allow us to witness inequities that have existed from the beginning of history – the wealth of one nation, and the poverty of another. With the click of a mouse, we can zoom into their villages and homes, look into their faces, rejoice with them in their victories, and cry with them in their losses. In today’s world, there is more magic than ever in the written word. It has the power to command awareness like a beacon, affecting change wherever it sheds its light.

Writing for peace challenges you to pick up that pen. Be bold, fearless, and questioning. You have inherited this world, with all its beauty, perilous imperfections, and vulnerabilities. It depends upon your words and insight for salvation.

While we regret that we aren’t able to turn this globe over to you untarnished, we hope you will find Writing for Peace a reliable resource as you explore the many avenues open to you as a young writer. We’re here to support you in your writing goals, to offer inspiration through the work of our distinguished Advisory Panel, literary journal, DoveTales, and our annual Youth Summit. We hope to give you the tools you need to refine your craft, and to challenge you to new heights through our annual writing contest.

The fate of this world depends on you, young writer. We’re counting on you.

Now, tell us how we can help.



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